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Alonso confident of “big actions” at McLaren for 2016

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Fernando Alonso is confident that McLaren can bounce back from its miserable 2015 Formula 1 season by making “big actions” that will prevent a repeat next year.

Since reforging its partnership with Honda in 2015, McLaren has scored just 27 points to sit ninth in the constructors’ championship only ahead of Manor.

Issues with the Honda power unit have resulted in countless grid penalties for both Alonso and teammate Jenson Button across the course of the year, restricting the Spaniard to a best finish of fifth place in Hungary.

In an interview with the official F1 website, Alonso expressed his belief in McLaren’s ability to make drastic changes to remedy the issues of 2015, giving him hope of an improved season next year.

“If we can turn all our frustration into inspiration it should definitely help our learning curve,” Alonso said. “For big problems you need big actions, and that is what we are doing for next year. I am still optimistic.

“In Abu Dhabi, if we are out in Q1 it will no longer be a disappointment but bitter reality. But we know it, so we have to put things in place for next season. For big problems you need big actions, and that is what we are doing for next year.

“It is still early days for next year’s project. All our weaknesses are identified and we are working on them. We will work flat out to make sure that 2015 never happens again.”

Alonso’s most recent issues in Brazil did however spark one of the biggest social media memes that F1 has known as Twitter users photoshopped the Spaniard into a variety of different scenes with the hashtag #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.